What is SPF?

SPF mainly refers to a sunscreen’s ability to block the sun’s UVB and UVA radiation. While the UVB rays are the main cause of non- melanoma skin cancer and skin burn, the UVA rays are responsible for skin ageing but also contribute to skin cancer. The more the SPF, the better the protection you get from these harmful rays.

Let’s bust some myths that have been circulating over the years about using sun protection: -

Myth: You should only wear sunscreens on sunny days!
Fact: You must wear sun protection every day, be it sunny or cloudy. Because the harmful UV rays are still present without the sun shining in the sky.

Myth: Applying a thin layer of sunblock works!
Fact: Mask your skin well with a thick layer of sunscreen so that it does not wear off with sweat and humidity.

Sunscreens are only for the face.
Fact: You should apply sunscreen on all body parts and not only restrict it to your face.

Myth: Having a suntan helps protect your skin
Fact: A tan is itself a sign of skin damage and does not provide nearly enough protection.

Myth: Using sunscreen lowers the Vitamin D level in your body
Fact: In order to get your daily dose of vitamin D, you need to be exposed to the sun for about 15 minutes a day. After the needed amount of time, our body’s consumption of vitamin D stops.

Myth: Pick the SPF based on popularity.
Fact: Absolutely not recommended. Buy your sun protection based on three factors: SPF, water-resistance and broad-spectrum.

Listed are SPF picks for your daily needs:
1. Organic Harvest Sunscreen for Acne/ Oily Skin, Matte Finish and Water Resistant with SPF 30 PA+++


Organic Harvest Sunscreen for Acne/Oily Skin – SPF 30 is a non-greasy and quick-absorbing sunscreen and is made of certified organic ingredients. It helps in keeping the skin hydrated and nourished along with protecting it from the harmful effects of UV.

2. Greenberry Organics Sunscreen Spray Lotion SPF 40+ with Kiwi Extracts


Packed with antioxidants, this SPF keeps your skin hydrated and nourished away from the sun damage.

3. Mamaearth Ultra Light Indian Sunscreen with Carrot Seed and Turmeric, SPF 50 PA+++


It provides up to 6 hours of protection against harsh UVA & UVB rays. It doesn’t dry out your skin and keeps it moisturized. Natural ingredients in it such as Turmeric and Orange Oil treat Tan and keep your skin glowing without making it oily or greasy.

4. SoulTree Sun Protection Cream SPF 30 with Aloe Vera and Green Tea


This chemical-free Ayurvedic sun protection cream is made with natural ingredients such as Aloe, Green Tea Extract, and Olive Oil. This formulation will work on minimizing the harmful effects of UV rays

5. Lotus Organics Divine Nutritive Crème SPF 20 with Irish Moss


Divine Nutritive Creme is specially created with finest Organic bio-actives bestowed by the ‘nutritious superfood’ Irish moss which has the ability to transform your skin. The divine touch of this formula performs by penetrating deep into the layers of skin for the nurturing & protection it deserves.

6. Aryanveda Sunprotective 7 in 1 Cream with SPF 40+++


It makes sure that premature signs of ageing such as age- spots, wrinkles, leathery skin do not set on your face. The actives presented in it are intense sunscreens and sun filters that reflect, scatter and absorb all the UVA & UVB rays. It absorbs quickly, leaving no visible white residue or trace of stickiness.

7. Paul Penders Herbal After Sun Lotion


A soothing after sun lotion; this gentle formula contains the finest organic herbs to nurture the skin while replenishing lost moisture.

8. Ilana Organics Nourishing Sun Shield, Raspberry and Carrot


A sun shield that uses the safest, most natural source of broad-spectrum protection: Raspberry & Carrot Seed oils. Packed with high antioxidant content offering sun protection, as well as skin repair and a dewy glow.

9. Greenberry Organics Day Lotion SPF 40+ with Carrot Seed, Frankincense and Rosemary Oil


A blend of natural ingredients gives the skin full nutrition and hydration, smoothens out different types of wrinkles.

10. Just Herbs No Sun, Moisturising Sun Protection Gel with Jojoba and Wheat Germ


A multitasking sun protection gel enriched with Jojoba Oil, Wheat-germ, and Grape-seed oil along with Green tea extract and Aloe Vera. With its built-in UV protection and age control micro-nutrients, it effectively replenishes skin’s lost moisture and forms a protective barrier to UV rays to prevent sun spots, freckles, and sun-induced wrinkles.

11. Votre Collagen Luxe, Firming and Lifting Day Moisturizer SPF 35 PA +++, Non-Oily Non-Greasy


An advanced, antiaging moisturizer that visibly firms, lifts, combats deep wrinkles, brightens, and nourishes the face. This moisturizer fights the ageing process on all fronts, supporting natural collagen production and cell energy while fighting free radicals to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It restores hydration and elasticity, smoothing the surface and promoting healthy skin renewal.

12. Dr Sheth's Basic Brightening Daily Sunscreen


Specially formulated for Indian skin, this sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays. It works to hydrate and de-pigment and has an extreme matte finish which absorbs instantly with a minimal white cast.

13. Organic Harvest Sunscreen SPF 30 with Triple Action Formula


Sunscreen for Oily skin has a light, non-greasy and non-sticky texture which gets absorbed into the skin and feels light. It absorbs the excess oil from your skin and gives two-fold lustrous effect. It shields the skin from harmful UV-A & UV-B rays.

14.Paul Penders Herbal Sun Prosperity


A favourite for many women. Tested in its development process by dermatologists in The Netherlands, this essential hand cream contains LevensESSENTIE Gold.

15. Lotus Organics Precious Brightening Crème SPF 20 with White Peony


This ultra-rich daytime crème unlocks your brightest complexion. Its special blend of rare White Peony extracts illuminates and brightens skin, helps reduce dark spots, blemishes and pigmentation.

16. The Nature’s Co. Starrize, Red and Green Tea Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 15


Red Tea will shield your skin from harsh UV rays while providing you with essential moisturizing and conditioning while Green Tea has powerful anti-oxidants properties. Massage it gently onto your face, neck, hands and other exposed parts of the body at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun.

17. Aryanveda Sunscreen Cream with SPF 20+


Aryanveda Sunscreen Cream SPF 20 is naturally rich in polyphenols and photoreceptors that protect skin from harmful UVA & UVB rays of the sun. It further acts as a genuine natural photoreceptor shield by quenching photo-induced free radicals.

18. Greenberry Organics Bio Active Bright Day Cream SPF 25+


A creamy blend of moisture-retaining and glowing inducing ingredients to give softer and fresh facial skin. The goodness of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Olive Oil, and Jojoba Oil to protect the facial skin from harmful UV rays

19. Aryanveda Sunprotective Matt Gel with SPF 50+++


The magical bliss of SPF 50 Matte Gel forms an invisible layer of protection to prevent UVA & UVB RAYS from invading your skin and damage the soft skin tissues. The inclusion of antioxidants prevents wrinkles. photoaging and tightens the skin with new energy. The gel-based formula quickly absorbs and gives a matte finish without leaving sticky or buttery sensation on the skin. So be ready to take on the world, it is just around the corner.

Even while you take necessary precautions about your skincare routine, make sure you do not expose yourself to the sun for a longer period of time. Take breaks from the sun rays whenever you are outside.

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